#NonfictionNovember: True Crime on my TBR

#NonfictionNovember_ True Crime on my TBR

Since it’s the month of non-fiction, I’ve decided in today’s post I’m going to highlight a few true crime books that are hugely popular, and I definitely should have read by now, considering how much I love true crime!

This isn’t part of any schedule for Nonfiction November, I just wanted to do my own post to celebrate reading non-fiction!


Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three by Mara Leveritt

I hadn’t heard of this case before watching the documentary West of Memphis. This case is infamous and gathered attention from all over the world, with tons of celebs coming forward to support the young boys who had been wrongfully convicted of murder. It’s like the original Making a Murderer story (but I personally find this story far more upsetting, although they’re of course both terrible!)

This case was a witch hunt. I cried throughout the documentary and I’m sure I’ll cry throughout the book too. Even though I know the story I still think the book will be a really interesting, heart-wrenching and angering read.

This case was also made into a movie called Devil’s Knot.


Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge

When I first started up my blog, this was a book I discovered on Netgalley and have been wanting to read ever since! I don’t like to get too political on social media, but as someone who lives in the UK, I really can’t understand the (lack of) gun laws in the US.

This sounds like a really powerful book on gun violence. It focuses on children and teens who have been victims of gun crime so I can imagine it’s going to be a tear-jerker.


In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Talk about one of the most famous true crime books of all time, right? For some reason, when buying new books, this one never pops to mind. It’s been on my TBR for years but it’s one of those books I always forget about.

The reviews for this one tell a fantastic story for this novel. I really must pick this one up soon!


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The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule

Another uber famous true crime book! I’ve been listening to My Favorite Murder a lot and they mention this book in the podcast, which reminded me this is another one of those true crime novels I really want to pick up!

I’ve even recommended this book to people looking for true crime novels without having read it! I just have that much faith it’s a good read. It seems crazy to think Ann Rule was friends with Ted Bundy without realising what a monster he was. But I suppose that’s why sociopaths are so terrifying, they’re superb at blending in.


So there we have it! Those are a few of the true crime books on my TBR that I’m desperate to read.

Have you read any of these? What true crime do you want to read?

13 thoughts on “#NonfictionNovember: True Crime on my TBR

  1. In Cold Blood and Stranger Beside Me are both good! I think I liked Stranger Beside Me a bit more because yeah, what a crazy connection to him, and Ted Bundy’s story is also just nuts, there were so many little details I couldn’t believe…like that he married someone on the stand while representing himself in court. It sounds bad to say, maybe, but it’s just really an entertaining book.

    I haven’t read Another Day in the Death of America but it sounds excellent, and obviously really important. As an American our gun laws and leniency both sadden and infuriate me. I saw the West Memphis documentary but haven’t read Devil’s Knot. Such an awful case. Hope to hear your thoughts on some of these!

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    1. I can imagine The Stranger Beside Me is an absolute rollercoaster of a book!! I’m going to try and pick it up soonish, I’ve seen they’ve published a new cover edition of it recently!
      I’m looking forward to all of them, just when I get around to reading them is the problem haha! West of Memphis was an amazing documentary and even though the book will probably reiterate so much it’s probably still going to be worth reading 🙂

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  2. I have heard ALL good things about In Cold Blood by Truman Capote – my colleague keeps begging me to read it. The issue I have is I tend to not really enjoy nonfiction (wish I did) – so if I plan to read it, I have to REALLY be in the mood for it. And my nonfiction interests are typically historical based (i.e. French Revolution and Salem Witch trials, etc.). I may have to actually give this one a go though.

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  3. I’ve been meaning to get to In Cold Blood for months but it keeps getting pushed back. I’d really like to get to it before the end of the year, preferably this month! Let me know if you want to buddy read/cheerlead each other through it! 😀

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